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Howard LaFranchi, CSM: Marines sent to Syria. Can US withstand pull of expanded military conflict?
MODELS OF THOUGHT Whether by strategic design or not, the Trump administration appears to be pivoting away from the hands-off approach to Syria that Barack Obama pursued for years. Experts say the US deployment likely will grow.
The 400 Marines dispatched to northern Syria last week to back up US-trained rebel forces battling the so-called Islamic State were plunked down into a war of acute risk and geopolitical complexity that is entering its seventh year.
Little fanfare accompanied announcement of the relatively diminutive deployment of an advanced artillery unit and support forces – a mission that brings to about 700 the total number of US troops on the ground in Syria, where a brutal civil war has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians and combatants and displaced millions.
Yet the Marines could end up being the bridgehead of a much larger US stabilization force that would hold a swath of eastern Syria once IS, or ISIS, is routed from its self-declared capital in Raqqa.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 14, 2017
43 American tank transporters, vehicles arrive to Manbij outskirts -- Al Arabiya
US Dispatches New Batch of Armored Vehicles, Military Personnel to Syria -- Sputnik
US puts off announcing decision on Raqqa until after Turkey referendum -- Al-Monitor
CENTCOM commander calls Iran greatest threat to the region -- Military Times
Drills to strike N. Korea taking place -- Korea Times
US deploying attack drones to South Korea -- The Hill
South Korea's spy agency likely to become No.1 target of reform -- Korea Times
Why US anti-missile system in South Korea worries China -- Chris Buckley, Times of India/NYT News Service
Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields -- The Guardian
In huge show of force, Japan to send helicopter carrier Izumo to South China Sea -- South China Morning Post
As overseas ambitions expand, China plans 400 per cent increase to marine corps numbers, sources say -- South China Morning Post
China’s First Overseas Military Base Nearing Completion -- Defense Tech
Sweden Edges up Military Spending, Says More to Come -- Reuters
NATO report: Allies' defense spending inches upward -- The Hill
Exercises With U.S. Military Help Chadian Forces Fight Extremism -- NPR
African militaries wonder what ‘America First’ means for them -- Defense News
Army eyes outfitting soldiers with anti-drone guns on the battlefield -- Defense News
US Navy submarine program loses some of its shine -- Defense News
Marines’ CH-53K King Stallion Set to Become World’s Most Expensive Helicopter -- DoD Buzz
Army Leaders Search for Answers to Multi-Domain Battle -- Military.com
White House plan to gut foreign military financing would cost defense jobs, senators warn -- Defense News
Lawmakers protest White House plan to cut Coast Guard budget -- Defense News
U.S. Army recruiting largest increase in command’s history -- FOX 31
Inside Marines United: Infighting roiled the group that sparked the military's nude photo scandal -- Military Times
Sensitive info from Air Force was publicly visible online: report -- The Hill
What's the purpose of President Trump's Navy? -- Simon Reich and Peter Dombrowski, Defense News
Versatile V-22 Osprey Is The Most Successful New Combat System Since 9-11 -- Loren Thompson, Forbes
Fashion Over Function: Why Drones Still Play Second Fiddle to Fighters -- Jon Batt, RCD
Why The F-35 Is The Iphone Of Fighter Aircraft -- Russ Read, Daily Caller
How to Protect Hawaii from a North Korean Missile Attack -- Dr. Ariel Cohen, Huffington Post
Why the CIA uses board games to train its officers -- FOX 43/CNN
Why WikiLeaks' CIA Hacking Trove Is a Boon to Putin's Russia -- Newsweek
How the U.S. Military Plans to Save Stealth from Becoming Obsolete -- Dave Majumdar, National Interest
I Ran Intel at the Pentagon. Here’s My Advice on Insider Threats -- Marcel Lettre, Defense One